Full Certification in 2 Parts: 80 hr Immersion + 120 hr Certification
80 Hour Yoga Immersion (Part 1): For those that want to explore the deeper concepts of yoga can participate in the first few weeks of the teacher training program. This portion of the program covers the basic concepts of yoga while jump-starting your own personal yoga and meditation practice. Topics covered include yoga philosophy, concepts of energy in yoga, techniques in pranayama, yoga nidra (yogic sleep), mudra practice (hand gestures), and chanting. Participants for part 1 only, are not expected to purchase books or complete homework assignments. Teacher trainees will use this portion of the course as the foundation for concepts and techniques in teaching yoga that will be implemented in Part 2 of the course. Applicants of the full program are expected to have at least three years of experience with yoga. For those that want to learn more about yoga but have less than five years of yoga practice, may participate in Part 1 of the course and learn about yogic philosophy, and how to develop their own personal yoga and meditation practice.
After completion of Part 1, students then begin to explore the more yoga on a deeper level that includesIn both portions of the course you will undergo 1-3 hours of yoga training along with 1-3 hours of lecture per day. This is a Yoga Alliance approved 200-hour certification program and students that receive a certificate from the program may register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200 upon completion.
Wednesdays 6-9pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm
September 12th – December 12th
Students will learn:
- History & Philosophy of Yoga
- Concepts of Energy in Yoga
- Techniques in Yoga Practice
- How to Develop Your Own Practice
- How to Practice Meditation
- Basic Pranayama
- Overview of Ayurveda (sister science of yoga)
- Mantra and Chanting
- Benefits/Contraindications of Poses
- Anatomy and Alignment
- Art of Oral Instruction
- How to Sequence a Vinyasa
- The Art of Adjustment
- Avoiding & Healing Injuries
- Modifications and Variations
- Pre-natal Yoga
- Business of Yoga
My Philosophy on Teaching Yoga
Yoga teacher training is a life changing program that gives you the tools of yoga to develop and evolve as an individual and to bring these concepts to your students as a teacher. This course has spiritual development built into the curriculum while emphasizing healthy alignment, anatomy, proper sequencing, modifications, and therapeutic applications. The first half of this course will get you jump started on developing your own yoga and meditation practice which is the foundation of all good teachers. The second half of the course will prepare you to teach a class and give you the tools to navigate the business world of yoga. Students are taught how to teach a yoga class through verbal instruction with a little demonstration. I believe that yoga instructors should have a keen awareness of all participants in their class and be actively engaged on their well-being throughout their practice. Teachers should be able to sequence poses and offer modifications on the fly based on the fitness, mood, and energy level of the students. This course will groom you to teach in this method.
Graduates will have developed a sound foundation of personal yoga practice. They are ready to hit the ground running and will already have several yoga classes under their belt before graduation. This program will give you the tools to structure and teach a yoga class and give you the business and marketing insight you need to get started.
Syllabus and Required Reading List
Students will be provided with a course syllabus on the first day of class. Students are responsible for obtaining the required reading list below. All books are available through Amazon and can be shipped to Okinawa. Homework is based on class lectures and some assigned reading from the books on the list. Books are primarily supplemental to the lectures. Expect 2-4 hours of written homework per week. The final exam is a take-home exam and 1 week is given for completion. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.
Required Reading List for Study and Assignments:
- Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by H. David Coulter
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
- The Yoga Teacher’s Toolbox by Joseph and Lillian LePage
- Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
- Ayurveda The Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad
- Light On The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – BKS Iyengar
Recommended Reading but Not Required:
- Pranayama – Beyond the Fundamentals by Richard Rosen
- A New Earth by Eckart Tolle
- Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar